Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs are made with just one simple ingredient, but the options are endless! They melt into a luxuriously creamy cup of Dark Hot Chocolate!

Skip the store-bought mix and treat yourself to a luxuriously creamy cup of dark hot chocolate. No more lumps of cocoa, just delicious dark chocolate in every sip!

A group of dark chocolate hot chocolate bombs shaped as gingerbread men on a white marble surface.

Hot chocolate should be made with real chocolate! These Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs are made with rich dark chocolate and filled with marshmallows for a pop of fun!

You can make a big batch of Hot Chocolate Bombs so you can have a cup of hot chocolate on a whim by simply pouring a steeping hot cup of milk or cream over the top, revealing the marshmallows and melting the chocolate to perfection.

Top it off with Homemade Whipped Cream for an extra indulgent sip!

A red mug full of dark hot chocolate with marshmallows, with a dark chocolate gingerbread man to the side.

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If you’ve been struggling to find silicone molds to make bombs, have no fear! I have tested new alternatives for you and they’re more fun than ever! Silicone cakelet molds also work well and the options are endless!

Simply choose a mold where the two cavities will match up when reversed and adhered together. For these Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs, I used this gingerbread man pan. How cute are these little guys?

A pair of dark chocolate hot chocolate bombs shaped as gingerbread men on a white marble surface.

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What is a Dark Hot Chocolate Bomb?

Bombs are the 2020 holiday trend that you don’t want to miss out on! Spheres of delicious dark chocolate are filled with marshmallows. You pop them in a mug and pour a glass of steamy hot milk over the top to release the marshmallows and reveal the creamiest cup of Dark Hot Chocolate. They make an incredible Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!

Dark Hot Chocolate is for serious chocolate lovers! If you sneak a bite of dark chocolate after meals, you’ll love it in a creamy cup of cocoa!

Bakeries offer Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs for $6 or more apiece, but you can make them at home for so much less!

A pair of dark chocolate hot chocolate bombs shaped as gingerbread men on a white marble surface.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Easy
  • Beautiful to Gift
  • Luxurious

What You need to Make Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Mold – 2 inches or larger yields the most amazing cup of dark hot chocolate. I use a 2.5 inch mold or cakelet pan. It’s the perfect amount of chocolate for 1 cup of hot milk.
  • Baking Sheet – A baking sheet is not required, but helpful. It makes transferring them to and from the refrigerator or freezer easy, and makes a great surface to drip out the excess chocolate.
A red gingerbread man mold filled with dark chocolate.

Ingredients

  • Dark Hot Chocolate – Use high quality chocolate for the best results. I like to use dark chocolate wafers. Dark chocolate chips also work, but may not melt quite as well in your cup of cocoa depending on brand.
  • Marshmallows – Completely optional, but a fun addition

How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

  1. Melt Chocolate – Melt chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
  2. Fill Mold – Add a heaping spoonful of melted chocolate to each cavity. Using the back of a teaspoon, spread until completely covered. You can also use a pastry brush, but I find a spoon makes the prettiest, easiest bombs. A red gingerbread man mold filled with dark chocolate.
  3. Eliminate Excess (optional) – Invert mold onto a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly shake to remove excess. This also ensures they’re fully coated. Discard parchment and place mold on baking sheet (chocolate side up). Scrape the edges of each cavity. This will ensure that they don’t break later.
  4. Freeze to Set – Freeze 7 minutes or allow to set at room temperature.
  5. Warm Plate and Spoon – Meanwhile warm a plate in the microwave, dishwasher or oven and boil a glass of water to warm a spoon. You can also place a plate over a bowl of boiling water to keep it warm.
  6. Remove – Remove from freezer and gently press on each cavity to remove the spheres or chocolate shapes. Work close to a counter so they don’t fall and break.
  7. Optional: Fill with marshmallows.
  8. Seal – Place the bottom of an empty sphere on the hot plate to lightly melt chocolate. Place the melted chocolate edge on filled half to seal, handling the chocolate as little as possible. Optional: If needed, dip a spoon in hot water, dry and run the back of it along the edges to seal.
A red mug full of dark hot chocolate with marshmallows, with a dark chocolate gingerbread man to the side.

How Hot Chocolate Bombs Work

  1. To make a cup of dark hot chocolate, place one dark hot chocolate bomb in a mug. (Clear Glass Mugs are the perfect diameter and it’s so much fun to watch the melting happen before your eyes.
  2. Pour one piping cup of hot milk or half heavy cream, half 2% milk over bomb.
  3. Stir until incorporated and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

  • Top with homemade whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings
  • Garnish with crushed peppermint
  • Serve and stir with a candy cane

Tips

  • Read Instructions Thoroughly Before Starting – This recipe moves fast. Read the full printable recipe and have everything set out so that you’re prepared.
  • Don’t Overheat Chocolate – Dark chocolate can burn, stir every 15 seconds until smooth.
  • Fingerprints – Chocolate melts quickly and easily. Touch as minimally as possible. If your hands tend to run warm, you can chill them in a freezer before working the bombs or hold them over a bowl of ice. Make sure they’re dry. Use decorations to disguise any blemishes if needed.
  • Sealing – Struggling to seal your bombs? You can melt dark chocolate and add into a piping or sealable bag with the tip clipped and pipe along the seam to seal. For an extra dose of fun cover it in sprinkles.
A red mug for hot chocolate, with a dark hot chocolate bomb shaped as a gingerbread man to the side.
Is hot chocolate better with milk or water?

Milk! It makes the creamiest cup with the most flavor!

How do you package hot chocolate bombs?

Hot chocolate bombs can be stored or gifted in a group in an airtight container. They can be gifted individually in a clear glass mug wrapped in cellophane. They fit perfect in muffin or cupcake liners as well!

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Store at room temperature for two to four weeks in an airtight container or a food safe cellophane bag. Store in a dark pantry.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free
A red mug full of dark hot chocolate with marshmallows, with a dark chocolate gingerbread man to the side.

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Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs

Author: Julie Blanner
Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs are made with just one simple ingredient, but the options are endless! They melt into a luxuriously creamy cup of Dark Hot Chocolate!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Desserts, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 363 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers, chocolate chips

Optional

  • 2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Melt white chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl on 50% power in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth. Stir in green food coloring.
  • Add a large spoonful of melted chocolate to each cavity. Using the back of the spoon, spread until completely covered.
  • Invert mold onto a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly shake to remove excess. Discard parchment and place mold on baking sheet (green chocolate side up). Scrape edges of each cavity if needed.
  • Freeze 7 minutes or allow to set at room temperature.
  • Meanwhile warm a plate in the microwave, dishwasher or oven or warm a skillet on low. Boil a glass of water to warm a spoon. You can also do this with a skillet on low heat.
  • Remove from freezer and gently press on each cavity to remove the spheres or chocolate shapes. Work close to a counter so they don’t fall and break.
  • Optional: Fill with marshmallows.
  • Place the bottom of an empty sphere on the hot plate to lightly melt chocolate. Place the melted chocolate edge on filled half to seal, handling the chocolate as little as possible. Optional: If needed, dip a spoon in hot water, dry and run the back of it along the edges to seal.

Notes

Tips

  • Read Instructions Thoroughly Before Starting – This recipe moves fast. Read the full printable recipe and have everything set out so that you’re prepared.
  • Don’t Overheat Chocolate – Dark chocolate can burn, stir every 15 seconds until smooth.
  • Fingerprints – Chocolate melts quickly and easily. Touch as minimally as possible. If your hands tend to run warm, you can chill them in a freezer before working the bombs or hold them over a bowl of ice. Make sure they’re dry. Use decorations to disguise any blemishes if needed.
  • Sealing – Struggling to seal your bombs? You can melt dark chocolate and add into a piping or sealable bag with the tip clipped and pipe along the seam to seal. For an extra dose of fun cover it in sprinkles.

Nutrition

Calories:363kcalCarbohydrates:32gProtein:5gFat:24gSaturated Fat:14gCholesterol:2mgSodium:17mgPotassium:405mgFiber:6gSugar:18gVitamin A:22IUCalcium:41mgIron:7mg
5 from 2 votes
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